President Uhuru Kenyatta and Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe will jointly welcome delegates to the sixth edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) which will be held on August 27-28, 2016 in Nairobi. Kenya will be the first African country to host the forum which is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to Africa’s development aspirations.
Conceived by Japan in 1993 as a way of mobilising resources to give impetus to an Africa-led development construct, TICAD has made several strides in its set objectives. In reaction to its apparent success, and to the benefit of Africa, a number of leading economies including China and India have come up with similar initiatives. Delegates at TICAD VI will be keen to capture the progress and map a more formidable way forward.
It is undeniable that Japan has extended generous support to Africa in many sectors. But perhaps one of the most outstanding and long lasting contribution has been registered in the education sector. Kenya in particular has had enviable tidings with the people of Japan. In 1981, a bilateral synergy between Kenya and Japan brought forth Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology.
Known today as Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), the institution has transformed into regional centre of excellence in research and innovation. JKUAT’s innovative knack would be exemplified when it supplied and installed digital learning devices in 63 primary schools to operationalize the government’s maiden digital literacy programme in Kenyan primary schools.